“The blues was bleeding the same blood as me. The blues didn’t have to explain the mystery of pain that I felt; it was there in the songs and voices of singers like Lonnie Johnson and Blind Lemon Jefferson, in the cries of their guitars.” – B.B. King, Blues All Around Me: The Autobiography of B.B. King
Wednesday June 8, 2022 Volume 3, Issue 12
Chicago Blues Bootcamp 2022 Students Meet the All-Stars with Immersive Classes, Plus Interviews with Chicago Blues Luminaries
Pictured: Dave Specter, Julia A. Miller, Elbio Barilari, Billy Flynn
When Chicago Blues Bootcamp students from around the country came to Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago on May 29-June 2 to work with Chicago Blues Masters like Joanna Connor, Dave Specter, Johnny Burgin, Bob Stroger, Harlan Terson, to perform LIVE at Rosa’s and more…students also got to hear insightful interviews.
Chicago Blues Master Dave Specter who hosts “Blues from the Inside Out” podcast interviewed luminaries including: Delmark RecordsCEO & President Julia A. Miller and Artistic DirectorElbio Barilari; the incredible John Primer,bandleader and lead guitarist for Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, and more; and Grammy winning producer, writer and blues historian Dick Shurman.
All the special guests shared stories about the Chicago Blues of the past, present and future, giving powerful perspective to students on the art form of Chicago Blues!
The capstone concert at the Chicago Blues Bootcamp was held at Blues venue Rosa’s Lounge, where students performed songs from the Chicago Blues Network Set List. To check out the set list, click hereand hear the classic Blues songs you can learn too!
Start learning the set list and get rolling with Chicago Blues! Learn any time with “At Home Chicago Blues Lessons” including 40+ video lessons and weekly LIVE Zoom meetings with Instructors, Chicago Blues Masters who eat, sleep and breathe the Blues.
Pete’s Pics “Blues in Action” by Peter M. Hurley
BILLY FLYNN BOB STROGER JOHNNY BURGIN MARTY BINDER
Mr. Hurley is a contributing photographer and writer for Living Blues Magazine and the staff photographer for Chicago Blues Network. His recent book Blues Legacy: Tradition and Innovation in Chicago, in collaboration with Blues historian and author David Whiteis, showcases his work in the field. His passion for blues music began with a 6th grade dance party discovery of Bo Diddley which led to Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and so on. It continues to this day. Visit Peter’s Website here.
Learn more about these Chicago Blues Artists featured in the photos, and with whom Chicago Blues Bootcamp students worked with, below:
Billy Flynn “From sharing the Apollo Theater stage with Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Billy Gibbons and others to backing Beyonce Knowles at Barack Obama’s Neighborhood Inaugural Ball and on her Grammy winning single from the movie Cadillac Records; from his prolific sideman work to his ten albums as a leader, Billy Flynn is a true-blue heir of Delmark’s storied legacy.” – Delmark.com
Bob Stroger In addition to Otis Rush, “The Chicago blues names for which Stroger provided pristine, jazzy basslines over nearly seven decades included pianist Sunnyland Slim, guitarist Eddie King, harpist Carey Bell and pianist Pinetop Perkins, an especially close friend.” –Chicago Tribune
“One of the elder statesmen of Chicago blues, bass player extraordinaire and vocalist Bob Stroger [has a] long and storied career in the blues, playing with Otis Rush, Sunnyland Slim, Jimmy Rogers and many more.” –BluesFromtheInsideOut.com
Johnny Burgin “His guitar style is raw and rude and real– on the vocal side, a nice original style– he’s damn good!” – Elvin Bishop
“An adventurous musician who’s never shy about taking chances.” – Marty Gunther, Blues Blast
“This veteran blues musician has been on a roll of late turning out one exceptional album after another.” – David Mac, Blues Junction – JohnnyBurgin.com
“Marty Binder has been playing drums, touring, and recording for over 30 years.￼ He keeps a busy schedule playing local venues, festivals, corporate and private events￼. ￼He has played with Blues greats, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Albert Collins and many more. He has recorded for historic Chicago record label Delmark records as well as Blind Pig records, Severn Records and Virgin/Point Blank records￼￼. Marty’s touring schedule has taken him all over the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Japan and Australia.￼￼”￼ –EnsembleSchools.com
Album Release! Dave Specter Official Vinyl Release Event June 15, 2022 Album Celebrates 30 Years on Delmark
A definitive collection of work by Chicago Blues Master Dave Specter, Six String Soul: 30 Years On Delmark, the album features live and studio recordings of Specter “surrounded by a stellar list of featured artists including Otis Clay, Jimmy Johnson, Ronnie Earl, Lurrie Bell, Billy Branch, Willie Kent, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack McDuff, Lynwood Slim, Sharon Lewis, Jesse Fortune, Barkin’ Bill Smith, Steve Freund, Floyd McDaniel, Tad Robinson, Lenny Lynn and more,” per DelmarkRecords.com.To pre-order the vinyl edition, click the button below:
“Dave Specter’s career has been intertwined with the deepest roots of Chicago blues and Delmark Records rich musical history. This double LP release constitutes a definitive testimony to one of today’s most tasteful and versatile blues artists featuring Specter in a wide variety of styles.” – EvanstonSPACE.com
“This expansive collection showcases Specter’s chameleonic ability to fit into blues and jazz modes with equal mastery.” –Downbeat
No Border Blues Hosts Johnny Burgin and Stephanie Tice Interview Blues Musicians from Around the World In This Episode: Prakash Slim (Nepal) Sponsored by Chicago Blues Network
Watch this episode, click the play button on the video below:
Prakash Slim, Nepalese Country Blues
From the archives…
Prakash Slim grew up in poverty outside the town of Lalitpur, Nepal. Drawn to music since childhood, he traded a bicycle for a guitar and threw himself into learning and listening to blues and blues rock. By his early twenties he was in a blues, rock and instrumental band as well as working as a guitar instructor. An invitation to the Walden School of Music in San Francisco was a big break for Prakash, but then came the devastating Nepal earthquake of 2015. Work as a musician in Nepal was impossible during the earthquake aftermath, and to make matters worse, in 2017 Prakash fell seriously ill. During his convalescence he happened to scroll across the facebook group “Acoustic Guitar Pickers”, and he completely changed musical directions; developing an obsession with Robert Johnson, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and many of the other pre-war blues greats. They provided Prakash Slim both solace and as a way to continue his musical career. Although it is difficult for many to travel outside of Nepal, Prakash has connected with the online blues world in a big way!
In recent years, he’s garnered an impressive amount streaming/radio play, blues press coverage and great reviews of his music. His goal is to tour in America, Europe and South America–his first destination? The Crossroads in Clarksdale MS, of course! Check out Prakash’s original tunes “Living In Memory”, and one sung in his native language “Corona Blues”–he performs both in this video. – No Border Blues
Take a blues journey with No Border Blues, the only blues podcast focused on international blues artists and hidden blues scenes around the world. Delmark recording artist Johnny Burgin and producer Stephanie Tice shine a spotlight on notable international blues performers, discuss the blues scenes in their home countries, and present intimate and exclusive musical performances. Sponsored by Chicago Blues Network, bringing Chicago Blues to the world.
From anywhere in the world, you can learn the blues with online lessons. Check out “At Home Chicago Blues” lessons here to study with Chicago Blues Master Johnny Burgin and more: click here.
Focus on Bass! Chicago Blues Bootcamp Welcomes Bob Stroger The Heartbeat of the Blues
We were honored to welcome Bassist Bob Stroger, as an Instructor at Chicago Blues Bootcamp 2022. This legendary Blues Artist, as well as Chicago Blues Master Harlan Terson and more of our Instructors, all helped bassists learn more nuances of Chicago Blues! Building on a career playing alongside many Blues greats, Stroger recently released his first Delmark Records album as a leader, his new album That’s My Name(click here to get the album).
Get the Bassics... “Legendary blues bassist Bob Stroger calls the bass the heartbeat of the blues…The bass is the glue that holds the blues together, freeing up instruments to solo, and keeping the audience moving, rarely too fast and rarely too slow, a never-ending life-giving groove.
“The bass and the drums are the ones that control the band,” Stroger observes. “I really love the instrument; I think it’s the best. You can hear your guitar players, they can do anything they want, but everybody looks around when the bass and the drums stop. We’re the backbone of the band.” – BluesBlast Magazine (Read the Full Article Here)
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Chicago Blues Festival Update! Blues Fans from All Over the World Visit Chicago June 9 – 12th, 2002
“With a diverse lineup celebrating the blues’ past, present and future, the Chicago Blues Festival shares the great Chicago-born music tradition while shining a spotlight on the genre’s contributions to soul, R&B, gospel, rock, hip hop and more.” – Chicago.gov
Photo source: Chicago.gov
You can see Chicago Blues Masters, bonafide Blues Artists and Legends throughout the festival, which includes events downtown as well as city-wide.